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By Gregory Maguire

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From Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed writer of Wicked, comes his much-anticipated moment novel, an excellent and provocative retelling of the undying Cinderella tale.

In the lives of kids, pumpkins can develop into coaches, mice and rats into human beings.... once we develop up, we research that it's way more universal for humans to show into rats....

We all have heard the tale of Cinderella, the gorgeous baby solid out to slave one of the ashes. yet what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by means of the celebrity in their gorgeous sibling? What destiny happened these untouched by way of attractiveness . . . and what curses followed Cinderella's beautiful looks?

Set opposed to the wealthy backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an unsightly Stepsister tells the tale of Iris, an not going heroine who reveals herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to an odd international of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's direction speedy turns into intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally attractive woman destined to turn into her sister.

Clara used to be the prettiest baby, yet was once her lifestyles the prettiest story? whereas Clara retreats to the cinders of the kinfolk fireplace, burning all thoughts of her earlier, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets and techniques of her new household--and the treacherous fact of her former life.

God and devil snarling at one another like dogs.... Imps and fairy godmothers attempting to undo every one other's paintings. How we strive to pin the area among contrary extremes! excess of a trifling fairy-tale, Confessions of an unsightly Stepsister is a unique of attractiveness and betrayal, phantasm and figuring out, reminding us that deception could be unearthed--and love unveiled--in the main unforeseen of locations.

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They quickly gather together their picnic brunch, stuff it into their backpacks, and gallop down the slopes they’d climbed so slowly before. They wave to the Norse ruins as they pass by and splash onto the walkway to find the tide is up to their waists and surging in fast. From the other shore, people look on anxiously at the two people stranded on the island. But when the women dive into the sea, clothes, backpacks and all, a wave of shock enters them. Few Orcadians swim in local waters since they are so cold, and fewer fully clothed.

You never struck me at the festival as a doctoral type,’ admits Camilla. ‘So what’s a doctoral type? We don’t play into all that Oxford and Cambridge upper class crap back home. ’ Camilla blanches, then her face reddens. ’ ‘You didn’t need to. It was written all over your face,’ retorts Cowrie, with a grin. ‘C’mon Camilla, it’s no big deal. I recall touring once doing readings and two twinset and pearls ladies from the bookstore in Palmerston North came to collect me. They expected some kind of bespectacled touring author with a PhD and they got a wild Hawai’ian Maori in jandals.

Cowrie gives up in disgust and changes the topic, asking Camilla if she would be interested in finding out more about the Stone-age village of Skara Brae and suggesting they visit the place sometime. Camilla agrees it would be very educational and besides, she has a visitor’s pass to all British and Scottish castles and monuments administered by Historic England and Scotland. ‘No wonder you didn’t want to scale the wall,’ exclaims Cowrie. ’ Camilla drops the cup she is drying. It crashes onto the floor, shattering into several pieces.

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